Altea Urban Project: An academic approach to the transformation of a coastal Spanish touristic city based on the improvement of the public space

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Title: Altea Urban Project: An academic approach to the transformation of a coastal Spanish touristic city based on the improvement of the public space
Authors: Iborra Pallarés, Vicente | Zaragoza Saura, Francisco
Research Group/s: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio en el Espacio Litoral
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo
Keywords: Public space | Historical urban evolution | Tourism phenomena | Urbanistic project | Educational experience
Knowledge Area: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València
Citation: Iborra Pallarés, Vicente; Zaragoza Saura, Francisco. “Altea Urban Project: An academic approach to the transformation of a coastal Spanish touristic city based on the improvement of the public space”. En: Urios, David; Colomer, Juan; Portalés, Ana (Eds.). 24th ISUF International Conference. City and territory in the Globalización, Valencia 2017: Conference Proceedings, Book of Papers. València: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València, 2018. ISBN 978-84-9048-574-3, pp. 873-880
Abstract: The town of Altea (Alicante, Spain) has an important urban center that has historically been characterized by two contrasting situations: on one hand, the settlements located on the seaside elevations (Bellaguarda and the Renaissance Bastion) linked to the agricultural uses of the fertile valleys of the rivers Algar and els Arcs, and on the other hand the coastal developments, originally fishery, but nowadays with touristic uses on the maritime front. All these elements configure an urban nucleus that, due to its urban, architectural and landscape qualities, gives rise to one of the main tourist attractions of the region. However, the area described nowadays presents an important problem related to the use and habitability of public space, which is invaded by the presence of the private vehicle, even along the seaside, due to its touristic relevance. This article presents the results of an academic experience developed to study different possibilities of urban transformations for the municipality of Altea, taking as a project site the urban vacuum still conserved between the two situations previously described: the historical areas on the coastal elevations (Dalt) and new urban developments parallel to the seaside (Baix). This academic activity, performed by nearly 50 students from the University of Alicante, was developed in the context of the design course Urbanism 5 during the academic year 2015-16, thanks to the agreement signed between the Municipality of Altea and the University of Alicante.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/75992
ISBN: 978-84-9048-574-3
DOI: 10.4995/ISUF2017.2017.5990
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Rights: Licensed under a Creative Commons Atribution-NonCommercial-NonDerivatives-4.0 International License
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://hdl.handle.net/10251/100764
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